The first true Buffalo Bills Scorigami: November 27th, 1960 vs Denver
In the first season for Buffalo football fans since 1950 when the Buffalo Bills/Bisons were dispersed by means via a draft, the Bills suited up for a game against the Denver Broncos in Denver. At the time, it was called “Bears” Stadium from 1960-1967, until it was scrapped for the now synonymous “Mile High Stadium” in 1968.
The thing that made this game so interesting is that the final score was a 38-38 tie. So how in the world did such a weird final score occur? Buffalo built a 17-7 halftime lead, getting touchdowns from Wray Carlton (1 yd rush) and Elbert Dubenion who took a 75-yard pass to the house from quarterback Tommy O’Connell. That lead would erupt into a 38-7 margin as the Bills scored 21 points in the third quarter.
That would be the last of their scoring, as Denver finally got another score to make it 38-14 at the start of the fourth. Then, all hell broke loose as Denver scored again. And again. And again. The Broncos connection of Frank Trupicka to Lionel Taylor was lethal in that fourth quarter, scoring on passing touchdowns of 80, 24, and 35 yards. A field goal by Denver would tie the game at 38, and that’s how each team got their first taste of Scorigami.
There were 8 turnovers in this game, 3 fumbles by Buffalo, and five interceptions thrown by Denver. Had Buffalo lost this game, it still would be the 2nd largest comeback in NFL history to this day, only behind the 32 points against the Oilers.
So far their Scorigami record is 0-1-1.